Penmaenuchaf Hall

Dolgellau, Gwynedd

A welcoming country-house hotel with beautiful gardens and big views - open fires, panelled walls and good food wait inside


14 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 4


This grand old house sits high on the hill with fine views over the Mawddach estuary. It stands in 21 acres of woodlands and gardens, with daffodils, snowdrops and bluebells running riot in spring and a walled garden that bursts with colour in summer. The hall dates to 1865 and was home to a Bolton cotton merchant. Inside you find an open fire in the half-panelled hall, views of the estuary from the morning room, then a stunning drawing room, where mullioned windows frame views of water, mountain, sky. There’s a tiny bar, a grand piano, sofas to sink into, country rugs on original wood floors. An airy restaurant opens onto a terrace, where you can eat in good weather, perhaps seared scallops, Welsh beef, apple tart and honey ice cream. Bedrooms have a homely country-house feel: comfy beds, warm colours, pretty fabrics, a wall of paper; some are huge, a couple have balconies. There’s lots to do: 13 miles of river to fish, mountain bike trails, zip wires and cave tours. Cadair Idris is close (and far less crowded than Snowdon), so scale it for stunning views. Starry skies on clear nights delight.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Booking restrictions
Children over 6 welcome. Pets by arrangement.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Lunch from £6. Afternoon tea from £7.95. Dinner, 3 courses, £28.50-£46.


Nightly price
from £180
Singles £130-£195. Extra bed/sofabed available £50-£60 per person per night.
7 Doubles
From £185
5 Twin/doubles
From £180
1 Four-poster
From £235
1 Family room for 4
From £275


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Mark Watson & Lorraine Fielding

  • The spectacular Mawddach trail for walks along the river with mountain views
  • Coed y Brenin, the mountain bike Mecca of Wales. You’ll find a fantastic network of hand-built tracks for every level - don’t miss the Rollercoaster!
  • Soar over amazing landscapes on the worlds largest zip zone and experience an exhilarating flight or enjoy the thrills of Bounce Below, a subterranean playground of giant trampolines both located at nearby Llechwedd.
  • You’ve got lots of castles to visit - some closer than others, but all worth a visit, from Harlech and Caernarfon, to Powys and Beaumaris.
  • Portmeirion, Clough Williams-Ellis’ extraordinary Italian village that sits on the estuary of the Dwyrwd river, a stunning spot. Portmerion is best known for being the setting for the cult TV series, the Prisoner.
  • If you fancy pottering along a river or up a mountain on a steam train, then you’re in the right place - the Welsh Highland Railway, the Talyllyn Railway and the Ffestiniog Railway are all close